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Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival returns to downtown this month

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Jun 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-04 15:26:13-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The fifth-annual Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival will return to the city this month after getting canceled last year because of the pandemic.

It will be held June 11-12 at Calder Plaza, celebrating Asian and Pacific Island cultures through demonstrations, performances and vendors, a news release said Friday.

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The inagural Grand Rapids Asian Festival in downtown Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle on Saturday, June 10th 2017. ©2017 Photos by Two Eagles Marcus, GlitterBooth.com

The free, family-friendly event will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“It’s been a tough year for a lot of people,” said Ace Marasigan, founder and CEO of the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Foundation. “After being unable to share our event last year, we are very excited to return to downtown and celebrate our rich cultures with the West Michigan community.”

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New this year, the foundation has teamed up with two local breweries to create custom, Asian-inspired beers, which will be available for purchase at the event.

“We’re teaming up with two of Grand Rapids’ most prominent breweries to demonstrate that our Asian-Pacific community members belong in Beer City,” Marasigan said.

Mitten Brewing Company’s “I Dream of Lychee” is a blonde ale brewed with fresh lychee and cardamom.

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GRAPF Mango Passion is an exclusive Founders Brewing Co wheat ale with notes of mango and passionfruit.